The primary research interests of the Electrochemical Energy Laboratory are centered on fundamental materials development and new processes in solving one of the most critical issues of our time, affordable and sustainable energy. In particular, we focus on
electrochemical andphotoelectrochemical energy generation and storage,solar energy conversion through photoelectrochemical reactions,ion-conductivemembranes for electrochemical systems,
nanostructured materials, CFD simulation of energy conversion devices, and in situ characterization of advanced batteries.
Current research activities include synthesis and studies of hollow core-shell Au-based nanoparticles for improved electrochemical activity toward formic acid oxidation, and tuning the long-distance electronic coupling between the core and shell metals; in situ and operando study of phase transformation in lithium-ion battery materials during charge and discharge using micro-Raman and XRD; guanidinium-based anion exchange membranes for electrochemical devices and separation; and all-vanadium redox photoelectrochemical cells for efficient solar energy storage.